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'Insatiable' Real Madrid hailed masters of Europe

04 June 2017

Real defeated Juventus 4-1 to win the Champions League for the 12th time.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and Real Madrid at National Stadium of Wales on June 3, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

"People don't have words to criticize", Ronaldo said, "because the numbers don't lie".

"I feel extremely happy".

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After Mario Mandzukic scored an incredible first-half equaliser with an audacious overhead kick, Real did not let the Italians get away.

Juventus then wilted and finished with 10 men after Juan Cuadrado was sent off in the 84th minute - 18 minutes after coming on as a substitute - following a second booking for the mildest of pushes on defender Sergio Ramos, whose theatrics left a sour taste on an otherwise uplifting occasion.

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- won three Champions League titles in four years, joining 1974-76 Bayern Munich (1974-76), Ajax (1971-73) and 1956-60 Real Madrid (1956-60) as teams that won three European Cups in four years. Juve might have been rocked but they surged again, producing a superb team move at the end of which Mandzukic scored one of the great Champions League final goals.

Massimiliano Allegri's side tried to begin the second half on the defensive and paid for it as Casemiro put Real back in front, with a shot from well outside the box finding its way inside the post via a Sami Khedira deflection. "We needed confidence at half-time and we had to take our chances, which we did", Bale said. I'm in a good moment. "It was crucial for our performance in the second half".

Madrid's impressive win rightly sparked praise for Cristiano Ronaldo's predatory brace.

Following the 4-1 Real Madrid win, Allegri still remains one of the top coaches in Europe, but after being thoroughly out-coached by Zinedine Zidane in the second half, other top teams will most certainly take note. I get to say that every year. We played a great team. The same applies to Andrea Barzagli, who will still be with us for at last another year.

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'Insatiable' Real Madrid hailed masters of Europe